AUSTIN, Texas – When his match finally ended, Jordan Spieth’s play on the 13th hole at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play didn’t matter, but it was a fitting example of how difficult the conditions were on Day 2.
Spieth stepped to the tee at the short par-4 13th with a 3-up lead over Yuta Ikeda and facing a foreboding gale, but he chose to hit driver.
“What was not smart about it was that the fairway is pretty narrow with driver when I can't carry it to the edge; 3-wood is actually a much better play,” said Spieth, who pulled his tee shot into a water hazard.
“With the conditions that we had and that pin position, we had 4-iron, gap wedge and two-putt. It is that easy to do that. Normally you say it's not that easy. It's easy to hit 4-iron and gap wedge into the green and get it in in two.”
Fortunately for Spieth, Ikeda made a similar miscue and both players struggled to halve the hole with double bogey-6s. Spieth was steadier the rest of the way and won his match, 4 and 2, to keep his Match Play hopes alive.